by Christain Duque
Flex Wheeler, also known as the Sultan of Symmetry, has inspired millions of people around the world. His historical stage battles were proof of his will to win. Few could do what he did in the 1990s, making him the clear favorite in 1998 to win the sport's greatest title.
Only someone of Wheeler's caliber could be a driving force at the Olympics year after year, chasing two giants like Dorian Yates and Ronnie Coleman. Let me also make the chase a little clearer. He didn't hunt from afar, he was right there, neck to neck, fighting for the title. This was also in the 1990s when mass and cuts stood on one side. Still, Wheeler's lines and the flow of his body were extremely difficult to beat.
In the years since leaving the stage, Flex has been involved in numerous successful business projects and has developed into a coveted media personality. In terms of the press, his role at Generation Iron was so crucial that he became Vice President. Wheeler was also a key player in preparing for competitions. He discovered Keone Pearson, the phenomenon of the classic body, who later collaborated with PJ Braun from Blackstone Labs and took the breathtaking 4th place at Mr. Olympia 2019. Not everyone can make media, not everyone can prepare customers. Flex knows his way around; Bodybuilding is very much his life.
Wheeler was recently on the news for having part of his leg amputated, and the pouring of the fan support was nothing short of what I expected. All major outlets reported the story with the utmost professionalism, and Flex also ensured that everyone was kept up to date on their own social media. It's great to see him back at the gym with photos going around online. again. Similar to Ronnie, you cannot save the proven bodybuilding legends from the iron. Your love of the gym is undeniable. How to separate the real champions from the poses.
People have insane respect for people who have thrown some curve balls from their lives. I don't care if you need twenty years to become a professional, if you have to work twice as hard as men with better genetics, or if injuries have upset you at the moment. If you keep going, that's hardcore. Check out The Big Nasty, with ten surgeries on his back, but there he goes to the gym in his new film and handles the weights. Where there is a will, there's a way. So many people like to stay and complain and feel sorry for themselves, but here's Flex Wheeler, back in the gym. You don't need any special effects, hipster music or aviator outfits. The fact that it doesn't stop is electrifying and causes goosebumps because it's real.
I have to say, when I see photos of Flex, Ronnie and others who train despite considerable setbacks, it does all the overproduced nonsense on YouTube, all the cheesy supp ads and all motivational memes and clips like hot air. In fact, that's the only thing most people crave on the Internet. Heroes are extremely scarce these days because everyone is looking for social media superstars. Our values are mostly in disarray. Those who want to make a name for themselves are obsessed with how many followers they have on IG, how much money they can make in a short time, and how much content they can publish. Everything seems to be a chaotic race. However, if you look at the legends, there is no endgame, there is no plan b, they are not in this lifestyle until something better happens. Fad bodybuilders are not real, but the people who discover, live and love the sport will always be part of it.
As fans and bodybuilders, we have to do everything we can to support Flex. It means so much and you can never show enough of it. I usually like to write about bodybuilding news and try to break stories, but when I think of all the articles that I wrote in 2019, it is definitely high on my list because it makes me so happy to see someone that I have. I have looked up over the past 20 years and have done exactly what I had in mind.
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